Why a highlighter pen will be your godsend for spring

Mar 23, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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Nothing says spring like capturing literal sunshine on your face. That's what a good highlighter can do for you — reflect light so you look like the center of the universe, but in an understated, casual way. Now that the sun is actually out, it's especially fun to try a highlighter to get your skin looking glowy, shimmery and natural, all at once.

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Highlighter pens are designed to glide right over your cheekbones — or any other area that needs a little extra light. Rachel Toledo, celebrity makeup artist at Ray Brown Pro, recommends a tiny bit on the cupid's bow of the lips, under the eyebrows and in the corner of the eyes to make your eyes appear wider. Make sure to soften and blend the area with your finger or a beauty blender.

As for cheekbones, start at the apple of your cheek and draw up, where light naturally hits the face. Remember to blend to save yourself from that streaky look. "Using an edge of a beauty blender works great on the edges to create a softer finish but keep the main area of the product stronger," says Toledo. Grab one of our favorite pens below and welcome the light into your life (and your face!).

1. Flower Glisten Up Highlighter Chubby (Walmart, $9)

Flower Glisten Up Highlighter Chubby
Image: Walmart

2. Wander Beauty Catch the Light Highlighter (Sephora, $25)

Wander Beauty Catch the Light Highlighter
Image: Sephora

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil (Ulta, $23)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil
Image: Ulta

4. NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick (Ulta, $12)

NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick
Image: NYX Cosmetics

5. Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter (Sephora, $30) 

Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
Image: Sephora

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